colossal

[ kuh-los-uh l ]
/ kəˈlɒs əl /

adjective

extraordinarily great in size, extent, or degree; gigantic; huge.
of or resembling a colossus.
(initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to a classical order whose columns or pilasters span two or more stories of a building.

Origin of colossal

First recorded in 1705–15; coloss(us) + -al1

Related forms

col·os·sal·i·ty [kol-uh-sal-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əˈsæl ɪ ti/, nounco·los·sal·ly, adverbsu·per·co·los·sal, adjectivesu·per·co·los·sal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for colossal

colossal

/ (kəˈlɒsəl) /

adjective

of immense size; huge; gigantic
(in figure sculpture) approximately twice life-sizeCompare heroic (def. 7)
Also: giant architect of or relating to the order of columns and pilasters that extend more than one storey in a façade

Derived Forms

colossally, adverb
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